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France Awards Top Decoration to Train-Attack Heroes

During a ceremony at the Élysée Palace, the French leader awarded the Legion of Honor—France’s highest civilian decoration—to Airman First Class Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, college student Anthony Sadler and Christopher Norman, a U.K. national.

“Today the whole world admires your courage, sang-froid and responsibility,” the French President said in speech delivered before he pinned the medals on their chests.

“This Legion of Honor rewards your courage but also the formidable act of humanity,” Mr. Hollande said.

On Friday evening the men tackled, disarmed and tied-up Ayoub El-Khazzani, as he allegedly wielded an AK-47 machine gun, a handgun and a knife aboard a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. Mr. Hollande said he would award similar medals to French citizens, including a man shot in the attack, who also helped stop Mr. El-Khazzani.

The turn of events has thrust the three Americans, high-school friends from California who were on vacation in Europe, and Mr. Norman into the media spotlight.

The trio arrived at the ornate Élysée Palace clad in polo shirts and khaki pants as a battery of cameramen waited under pouring rain, beckoning the Americans to pose for photos. One of Mr. Stone’s eyes was still swollen and bloodshot, and he wore a sling around a hand that Mr. El-Khazzani allegedly slashed in his confrontation with the airman.

Speaking after receiving the medal, Mr. Norman, who lives near Paris, said he was stunned.

“It’s a little bit difficult to believe that it’s actually happened,” Mr. Norman said, switching between English and French and stumbling over his words. “I’m sorry, my English is falling apart today,” he said.

With over 500 passengers aboard and 300 rounds of ammunition, Mr. El-Khazzani was positioned to cause “carnage,” Mr. Hollande said.

“That’s what he would have done if you hadn’t stopped him, risking everything including your own lives,” Mr. Hollande told the men.

Mr. Stone led the charge on Mr. El-Khazzani on Friday as the gunman attempted to reload the AK-47. Aided by his friends and Mr. Norman, Mr. Stone wrestled Mr. El-Khazzani to the ground and tied him up. Mr. Stone also administered first aid to another injured in the attack.

Americans who thwarted train attack get France’s top honor

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